MSc East Asian Business

School of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our courses focus on language, political economy, society and business in China, Japan and Korea. Your masters will prepare you for an international career.

East Asia's rich history, vast population and diverse cultures make it a fascinating area of study. Its growing economic power and influence also make it an important pathway to employment. Study China, Japan or Korea and you'll start to open up these avenues.

Sheffield is one of Europe's leading centres for the study of China, Japan and Korea.

About the course

If you're serious about an international business career, this course can provide you with invaluable insight.

You’ll develop a thorough understanding of the Asian business environment and how it is shaped by domestic and social change, globalisation and political developments.

Core modules

  • Work and Organisation in East Asia
  • Investing in East Asia
  • Project
  • International Business and East Asia

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules which include:

  • Business and Management in Contemporary Korea
  • Contemporary Chinese Business and Management
  • Business and the Economy of Japan
  • International Human Resource Studies
  • International Management
  • Negotiation and Intercultural Communication


  • Small groups
  • Lectures


  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Presentations
  • Extended project


You can study a shorter programme on our courses for a Postgraduate Certificate (4 months, 60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (9 months, 120 credits). You'll need 180 credits to get a masters degree, getting 60 credits from your extended project.

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Josephine Soei, Student in the Department of East Asian Studies

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a good first degree in any subject. You don't need prior knowledge of an East Asian language. If you don't have a degree but you have experience of East Asia, we'll consider your application.

This course is suitable for native speakers of Chinese, Korean or Japanese.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with 5.5 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 5.5 in Listening and 5.5 in Speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Our graduates hold influential positions in business, government, the arts and academia. Some of them are journalists, television producers, interpreters and translators. Others are city brokers and analysts. They work for organisations such as the BBC World Service, BNP Paribas, British Council, British Museum, Deloitte, HarperCollins, Jaguar Land Rover, Lloyds Banking Group, Nintendo, Siemens, Sony, Toyota and the World Food Programme.

Develop your skills

You can take language modules in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. You’ll learn how to research and analyse, manage projects, write reports and give effective presentations. Your in-depth knowledge of East Asian countries and your understanding of the region will give you an edge in the careers market.

Specialist resources

Our postgrads have their own study space and IT facilities at the Sir Sze-yuen Chung Resource Centre. The University's libraries have an extensive selection of texts and online resources in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Our expertise

We are one of Europe’s leading centres for the study of China, Japan and Korea. We have links with partner universities in East Asia that support our dynamic research culture. Our academics bring theories, methods and findings from their research to their teaching.

All four of our interdisciplinary research clusters inform what we teach. They are: Social Change and Transition in East Asia; Regionalisation and Globalisation; East Asian Identities and Cultures; Business, Political Economy and Development.

We collaborate with the University of Leeds, through the White Rose East Asia Centre, to deliver world-class research and research training in Japanese and Chinese studies. The Sheffield Confucius Institute, which is supported by the Chinese government, explores Chinese language and culture.

Professor Hugo Dobson

I’m currently looking into the transition from G7 to G20. I’m interested in the global rebalancing of power with the rise of countries like China and India. In particular, I’m interested in understanding how Japan as a ‘risen’ power is managing this process in a forum like the G20.

Professor Hugo Dobson, Tutor Global Governance and Japan, plus Japanese language

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 8423